Tag Archives: Central Africa

Event Review: Kongo Dia Ntotila @ Rich Mix (London; 24th May 2018)

Event Review: Kongo Dia Ntotila @ Rich Mix (London; 24th May 2018)

From the first jazz-solo drum rhythms of David Lessie that opened the show, to the cyclical afro-lead from John Kelly’s guitar, every beat of each song resonated throughout the grooving crowd, and certainly through band leader Mulele Matondo, who I’m sure jived to every single note of the show, constantly...
Preview: Kongo Dia Ntotila @ Rich Mix (London; Thursday 24th May 2018)

Preview: Kongo Dia Ntotila @ Rich Mix (London; Thursday 24th May 2018)

Kinshasa’s calling! On Thursday, Haile Music and Rich Mix will host a quintessential Congolese music night, presenting Kongo Dia Ntotila on the Shoreditch venue’s stage. The London-based band, formed by Kinshasa-born Mulele Matondo (vocals and bass) and David Lessie (drums), plus British John Kelly (guitar), Will Scott and Mike Soper (trumpets),...
Playlist: Namvula – Songs to Inspire ‘Quiet Revolutions’

Playlist: Namvula – Songs to Inspire ‘Quiet Revolutions’

It’s been almost a year since we last saw the Scottish/Zambian singer-songwriter Namvula. This coming Friday the 20th April, Rich Mix is hosting her latest album launch Quiet Revolutions. She draws inspiration from her own life journey which has touched multiple countries and ethnicities. Her composition style intertwines metaphorical images...
Preview: KOKOKO! @ Archspace (London, 12th & 13th November 2017)   

Preview: KOKOKO! @ Archspace (London, 12th & 13th November 2017)  

They said there will be two “intimate” shows, but when it comes to KOKOKO!’s vibe, there’s nothing intimate or cushy about it. You’ll jump up, dance and move relentlessly to their vibrant Afro-electro groove! Hailing from Kinshasa, the five-piece collective is one of the biggest up-and-coming names in today’s world...
Interview: Jupiter Bokondji – Jupiter & Okwess (July 2017)

Interview: Jupiter Bokondji – Jupiter & Okwess (July 2017)

There are musicians who follow the traditional styles of their country and those who create brand new ones, assembling together and evolving what their country has to offer. One of the best examples of the latter (not too densely populated) category is Jupiter Bokondji, founder and band leader of Jupiter...
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